From the Newspaper | Jamal Shahid | 14 February
ISLAMABAD, Feb 13: At the Pakistan National Council of Arts on Wednesday, singers, filmmakers, writers and students gathered for the launch of the Alif Ailaan campaign.
Funded by multiple donors, the campaign is an attempt to unite government, civil society and private citizens to address important issues in the education system.
Mosharraf Zaidi, Alif Ailaan’s campaign director, spoke at the event, saying that education was not just a constitutional right of each individual, but also a societal responsibility. “It is in the whole country’s interest to educate our children,” he said, adding that in Pakistan, over 25 million school-age children are estimated to be out of school. The Alif Ailaan campaign will spend the next four years gathering research material and compiling data on education in the country in an effort to reduce these numbers and improve overall standards.
The event at PNCA was focused on encouraging the government to make education a priority. “The politicians are the ones who can build schools, improve standards, and get teachers into classrooms.” Alif Ailaan does not see responsibilities only for the government, however, and their manifesto sets out in detail the commitments that civil society, parents, young people and teachers as well as politicians must fulfill to improve the situation.
The Alif Ailaan campaign has already attracted visible support.
The Emmy- and Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, writer and former Information Minister Javed Jabbar, and Faisal Kabadia and Bilal Maqsood, of Strings, appeared as Alif Ailaan ambassadors. All of them stressed the importance that education had had in their own lives, and the opportunities education offered to the next generation of Pakistanis.
The audience at Wednesday’s event indicated some of the reach that the campaign hopes to have.
Students from the Reed Foundation School, Quaid-e-Azam University, and the Islamabad Model College for Boys were in attendance, along with street children from an open-air school in F-6.
Parents, teachers and politicians were also in attendance.
I belong from distt Muzaffargar punjab. i read the detail about alif ailan and really impress what they want to do. we start and educational movement named by “YES WE CAN” where we motivate the youth for education and teach them yes we can if we want and we can do any think looks impossible. and Alhamdullillah hamen kafi had tak kamyabi bhi mili hae…
so we want if Alif Ailan wish to support on our programme we have the hundreds of volunteers we can work on their platform on this cause.
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I Belong to Village balish hel Kurram agency Na37. in my village first girls school building were built in 2003 but till now we dont get staff for that. i personally talk to mna sajid turi for the staff but just promising… please help us to have staff for our school….
2nd; in our village the boys primary school was built in 1958. i studied in this primary school, now i am engineer because of this and many more,, but unfortunately till now this is primary. most of students left education because other schools are so far and can pay the daily fare. please help us as you can ,, we male ,female want to be educated. please call on this nos na37 mna sajid turi for this,,03009801010,,03333388833, 03055555382
In 1992 a school NAMED GIRLS PRIMARY SCHOOL RASHEED ABAD WAS SANCTIONED. THE RESIDENTS OF THE AREA ASKED TO PROVIDE A PEACE OF LAND FOR THIS SCHOOL. THE RESIDENTS OF THE AREA ARE NOT FORMERS BUT ARE SETTLED PERSONS BY PURCHASING 5, 6 MARLAS LAND. SO LAND COULD NOT BE PROVIDED AT FIRST STANCE. LATER ON THE ATTENTION OF THE THEN DEPUTY COMMISSIONER INVITED TOWARDS A PEACE OF LAND OWNED BY LAND COMMISSION PUNJAB AND AT PRESENT WAS AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOL IF LAND COMMISSION AGREED TO TRANSFER THIS LAND TO EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. THE THEN DEPUTY COMMISSIONER DIRECTED AREA MAGISTRATE TO VISIT THE SITE AND REPORT. tHE AREA MAGISTRATE VISITED AND SUBMITTED A POSITIVE REPORT. SO DEPUTY COMMISSIONER REFERRED THE CASE TO LAND COMMISSION FOR TRANSFER OF THIS LAND. LAND COMMISSION AGREED TO TRANSFER THIS LAND FOR SCHOOL IF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT JHELUM ACCEPT IT. SORRY TO SAY EDUCATION DEPARTMENT JHELUM TOOK 13 YEARS TO ACCEPT IT. LASTLY THE LAND WAS TRANSFERRED ON THE NAME OF GIRLS PRIMARY SCHOOL-RASHID ABAD JHELUM IN 2007. TILL THEN IN SPITE OF LOT OF LETTERS/VISITS NOTHING HAS SO FOR BEEN DONE IN THIS REGARD. IN ADDITION OMBUDSMAN PUNJAB-LAHORE WAS ALSO APPROACHED IN JULY 2103. COMPLAINT NO.T/5146/13 IS STILL PENDING. MY REQUEST IS THAT CAN THE FORUM OF ALAF ILLAN CAN TAKE THIS CASE TO APPROPRIATE AUTHORITIES FOR AN EALRY DECISION.THE POPULATION OF THE AREA IS IN LACS AND NOT A SINGLE GOVERNMENT SCHOOL EXISTS AT PRESENT.